3rd Party Evaluation of DFID's "Delivering Reproductive Health Results through Non-State Providers"

This is the 3rd party report of validation of services implemented by PSI and MSI during the second quarter of the second year of the project “Delivering Reproductive Health Results through Non-state Providers” funded by the DFID Pakistan. The project aims to use social franchising (through MSI) and social marketing (through PSI) to help >500,000 couples to use modern contraception by 2016 and deliver 4.9 million CYP during this period. RADS is providing 3rd party validation of the work of PSI and MSI across Pakistan.

3rd Party Evaluation of DFID's "Delivering Reproductive Health Results through Non-State Providers"

Understanding How Adolescent Girls and Women Learn, Process and Use Reproductive, Maternal and Neonatal Health Information

In Pakistan, Maternal and Neonatal Health Outcomes lag many of its regional neighbour and are particularly worse for young and adolescent mothers. This situation is compounded by socio-cultural emphasis on early marriages and having children immediately after marriage, both of which limit these adolescent girls’ opportunity for formal education and appropriate reproductive health information, thus increasing their vulnerability and lack of empowerment.

Understanding How  Adolescent Girls and Women  Learn, Process and Use Reproductive, Maternal and Neonatal Health Information

Impact Evaluation MARVI project

With the literacy of just about 6%, Umerkot hardly has women who fulfill the minimum educational requirements for becoming a Lady Health Worker depriving the area of the likely interventions. HANDS, in collaboration with PACKARD sought to cater to this issue by training an alternate brigade to the Lady Health Worker chain. This alternate chain called the MARVI workers, consisted of illiterate women who were trained rigorously to play the part of Lady Health Workers.

Impact Evaluation MARVI project

Maternal Health & Domestic Violence: Impact of Personal & Social factors

Domestic violence by intimate partners adversely affects reproductive and general health of women (Aurat Foundation 2010 , UNFPA, 1998) and is believed to be common in Pakistan, albeit based on individual reports or anecdotes. A ground breaking cross sectional household survey conducted by Rutgers WPF Pakistan in 2011 in 6 underdeveloped districts of Pakistan revealed that 84% women had suffered some sort of domestic violence (physical, sexual, and psychological) by an intimate partner in their lifetime and nearly every second woman had suffered physical violence during her pregnancy.

Maternal Health & Domestic Violence: Impact of Personal & Social factors

Evidence for Policy and Action Grant Initiative

Research and Development Solutions received a grant from the USAID in November 2011 to make evidence accessible to Decision and Policy Makers in Health. Under the grant we will collate and analyze data on Family Planning and Childhood Immunization and make the analysis available to Government Officials, Donors, Politicians, Media and Communities.

Evidence for Policy and Action Grant Initiative